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Mike Robbins

Infusing life and business with authenticity and appreciation

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As an expert in teamwork, emotional intelligence, and the powers of appreciation and authenticity, Mike delivers keynote addresses and interactive seminars that empower people, teams, and organizations to work together effectively and be more successful. He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Through his speeches, seminars, and writing, Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.

Prior to his speaking and coaching career, Mike Robbins played baseball at Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a standout pitcher and he helped lead his team to the Pac-10 Conference Championship and an appearance in the College World Series. He was named to the All-Conference team, nominated as an academic All-American, and voted "Most Inspirational" by his fellow teammates. Mike was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and played three seasons of professional baseball with the Royals before arm injuries ended his playing career.

After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-up companies. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development, and received training from the nationally acclaimed Coaches Training Institute. Mike uses his background, knowledge, and training to motivate and inspire audiences.

Mike has worked with some of America’s top organizations and institutions such as SBC, Apple Computer, UC Berkeley, the U.S. Department of Labor, New York Life Insurance, Stanford University, and many others.

Mike is passionate about appreciation, leadership authentic communication, transformational education, psychology, metaphysics, spirituality, and personal growth, among many other things. He has always had a desire and a talent for positively affecting other people. Whether as class president in high school, a community volunteer, a speaker, a ballplayer, a teacher, or just talking to strangers on the street, Mike Robbins' intention is to make a difference with people wherever he goes.

How to inspire yourself and others to greater success by focusing on the good stuff!

The Power of Appreciation - Inspire success, engagement, and perspective by being appreciative

Appreciation is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked, aspects of successfully motivating and empowering people and teams.  According to the latest research in the fields of positive psychology and strengths-based leadership, when individuals and teams put more attention on what is working, instead of focusing on problems and perceived weaknesses, they thrive. Through this program, which is based on the key principles of his book, Focus on the Good Stuff, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how appreciation impacts productivity, morale, and success.

This program:
  • Explains the important distinction between recognition and appreciation
  • Enhances teamwork and connection
  • Encourages a positive team culture that focuses on the good stuff – not on gossip, complaints, or negativity
  • Helps people effectively deal with adversity and stay positive in the midst of change and challenges
  • Provides tools and techniques for authentic empowerment

The Power of Authenticity - Create trust, confidence, and team unity by being real

Authenticity is fundamental to relationships, communication, and success – for individuals, teams, and organizations.  Now more than ever, people, leaders, and groups must utilize the power of authenticity in order to build trust, resolve conflicts, and create cohesion.  Although it can be counter-intuitive, some fascinating research in the fields of social psychology and emotional intelligence is proving that being real, honest, and even vulnerable are key elements to individual and group success and engagement.  Through this program, which is based on the core principles of his book, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how authenticity impacts relationships, trust, and productivity.

This program:
  • Improves communication, connection, and trust in a positive way
  • Enhances emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Challenges people, leaders, and teams to look at, deal with, and address the “elephants in the room”
  • Helps people effectively deal with conflicts and engage in difficult conversations successfully
  • Provides techniques for moving past fear and taking successful risks

Nothing Changes Until You Do - Enhance confidence, resilience, and self perception

Wherever you go in life, there you are.  The most important and often challenging relationship in our lives is with ourselves.  Dealing with ourselves in a healthy, compassionate, and empowering way is essential creating genuine success and fulfillment in life, work, and relationships of all kinds.  We can’t change others, we can only change ourselves.  And, the healthier our relationship is with ourselves, the more effective we can be with others, and in everything we do.  The one constant in the midst of all of the change, stress, and uncertainty we face in life is us.  Through this program, which is based on the core principles of his new book, Nothing Changes Until You Do, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how to enhance your relationship with yourself in a healthy and productive way.

This program teaches people to:
  • Trust and believe in themselves
  • Enhance their emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Deal effectively with change and uncertainty
  • Take care of themselves and lower their stress level
  • Enhance self compassion, self acceptance, and self confidence

Creating a Championship Team - Enhance loyalty, attitude, & success by doing what winning teams do

A “championship team” is a group of people who can effectively handle adversity and conflict, trust one another, communicate clearly and authentically, and appreciate each other in a positive way. In this program, which is based on key principles from all three of Mike Robbins’ books, as well as his background as a college and professional baseball player, he teaches people, leaders, and groups the fundamental aspects of creating successful teams that truly win.

This program:
  • Teaches people how to build more authentic relationships with the teammates
  • Unifies and inspires teams around their common goals and purpose
  • Shows how appreciation positively impacts both morale and productivity
  • Encourages people to be authentic in a way that builds trust
  • Challenges team members to take ownership for both personal and team success

Building Authentic Relationships
- Enhance connection, trust, and success by deepening relationships

In just about every important aspect of life and business, building strong relationships is an essential quality of individuals and teams that truly win. According to Mike Robbins and his work, two core elements of building meaningful and effective relationships, are authenticity and appreciation (each themes of books he has written). This interactive program allows people to deepen and strengthen their relationships, even the most difficult and challenging ones.

This program:
  • Teaches people how to move past fear and express themselves authentically
  • Enhances people’s capacity for emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Shows how appreciation positively impacts relationships and productivity
  • Encourages people to be transparent in a way that’s both liberating and inspiring
  • Teaches people communication techniques that enhance relationships and trust

Being a True Champion - Create the mindset and approach of a true winner

A “true champion” is someone who can transform the fear, stress, and daily challenges of business and life in order to keep things in perspective and produce extraordinary results.

This program teaches the fundamentals of being a true champion by focusing on the attitudes and mindsets needed for breakthrough results! As a former professional baseball player, sales person, and a sought-after speaker, trainer, and coach for some of the top organizations in the world for over a decade, Mike Robbins knows what it takes to produce results and be a champion, especially in difficult times.

This program teaches:
  • How to create success in the face of adversity, stress, and change
  • Ways to address and transform fear, doubt, and insecurity
  • How to stay motivated, even when things get tough
  • Communication skills that create greater connections with others
  • How to keep things in perspective and focus on what truly matters

Communicating with Impact - Speak to others in a way that inspires, resolves, and influences

Being an effective communicator is one of the most important skills one can possess, especially in today’s fast-paced, globalized world. A person who is able to engage others in meaningful dialogue, listen effectively, and have a positive impact with their communication, has an important advantage in life and business.

This program teaches the fundamentals of communicating with impact. Leaders who want to inspire their teams, sales people who want to influence their clients, and anyone who has conflicts to resolve, all need effective communication skills.

Some of the core themes addressed in this program are:
  • How to communicate to people with different communication styles and backgrounds
  • Ways to effectively deal with conflict and engage in difficult conversations
  • How to inspire and motivate action in others
  • Listening skills that empower those around you
  • Core elements of emotional intelligence (EQ) that allow for deeper connection and dialogue

Leading with Authenticity - Inspire others and build trust by being a REAL leader

Leadership can be challenging, especially in today’s face-paced, globalized world. Leaders with a strong sense of emotional intelligence (EQ), an ability to lead with personal transparency, and the capacity to inspire others in a genuine way, have a distinct advantage. This program, which is based on the core principles of Mike Robbins’ three books, especially Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, delves into practical ways for leaders to enhance their impact and effectiveness by leading with authenticity.

This program:
  • Teaches leaders how to connect with their team genuinely
  • Exemplifies the importance of authenticity and true inspiration
  • Shows how appreciation positively impacts productivity and teamwork
  • Encourages leaders to be transparent in a way that’s both liberating and inspiring
  • Teaches leaders key elements for enhancing their EQ
“Mike Robbins has a unique ability to open people’s minds, touch their hearts, and teach valuable lessons about life and business.  I have personally benefited from his work, as have so many of the people on my team.”
Banana Republic

“Mike is a gifted storyteller and talented speaker.  His talks on authentic leadership and appreciation, and his exercises to ‘lower the waterline’ and build trust have been incredibly effective to both my management team as well as an international audience of 600.  I have consistently received rave reviews from colleagues on Mike’s various efforts within Google.”

“You gave each of the 1,600 people within our group tips and techniques for enhanced success – individually and collectively. Thank you for the positive impact you have had on our business.”
Wells Fargo Bank

“Mike Robbins is an amazing speaker!  His powerful message resonates with our players, coaches, and front office staff, which is why we have invited him in to speak numerous times.  He truly has helped us be a championship team.”
San Francisco Giants

“Your enthusiasm and passion were contagious. Your understanding and empathy for many of the obstacles these people face connected you to the group. I am confident that those in attendance were effectively given a vision of what they can become in the future through your example.”
New York Life Insurance

“You gave us so much to think about and many good pieces of advice that will help all of us to be more successful on and off the field.”
San Diego Padres

“Your opening keynote speech set such a positive tone for the entire conference. You truly motivated all of us.”
U.S. Department of Labor

“Your remarks had a direct impact on the attendees and me, as we now know that in order to succeed we must appreciate ourselves and those we work with.”
Kaiser Permanente
Association of California School Administrators
BlueCross BlueShield
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Charles Schwab
Clear Channel
Dow Jones
First Round Capital
Great West Life
Kraft Foods
New York Life Insurance
San Francisco Giants
Shoppers Drug Mart
State of Arizona
State of California
State of Florida
State of Nevada
Wells Fargo Bank